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Business Name: The Soondra Foundation

Name: Gayatri Mathur

Location: Chicago

Establishment (Year): 2018

Category / Industry: 𝐍𝐆𝐎 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞

Sub Category / Sub Industry: Non-Profits/Fundraising Organizations

Number of employees: 11-50 employees

Company Detail:

The Soondra Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable organization committed to expanding healthcare access in India. Named after founder and CEO Gayatri Mathur’s childhood nanny, The Soondra Foundation brings together social entrepreneurs, global health advocates, nonprofit organizations and donors to support India’s working poor. With a system requiring patients to pay for medical treatment upfront, 300 million daily wage earners—including rickshaw drivers, domestic helpers and other day-laborers playing a vital role in India’s economy—cannot afford the medical treatment they need. During medical emergencies, many turn to microloans, which can plunge them into deep financial catastrophe.

The Soondra Foundation offers a more sustainable solution. Partnering with FCRA-licensed NGOs based in India, The Soondra Foundation provides direct cash grants to daily wage earners facing medical emergencies; and with strict, predetermined criteria for grantees, it ensures cash grants are released into the right hands at the right time.

Specialization Product/Services:

By offering direct cash grants during medical emergencies, The Soondra Foundation ensures that individuals and families have access to essential healthcare services, regardless of their economic circumstances. Our focus extends beyond immediate relief, encompassing a vision for a healthier and more equitable future for all, emphasizing the importance of both medical intervention and long-term well-being. Through dedicated efforts and a commitment to change, The Soondra Foundation aspires to empower vulnerable families, inspire hope, and catalyze a positive impact on communities, ultimately securing a healthier and more prosperous India.

Unique Value Proposition:

We believe everyone deserves to see a doctor – especially during medical emergencies. That’s why we’re committed to removing financial barriers for India’s working poor and providing access to healthcare where there is none. Whether it’s treatment for a compound fracture, blood cancer or pneumonia, we meet India’s daily wage earners in their moments of deepest need. By giving the gift of health, we can save lives and transform futures.

A customer’s review:

Best Service

Community / Society Service:

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc among migrants and the working poor in India. During such a volatile time, many of these families faced significant food insecurities – and understanding that food is medicine, we got to work. Together with our partners in India, we provided food rations of rice, daal (lentils), flour, sugar, oil, salt for more than 2,500 families, along with essentials like soap and sanitary napkins. We also took steps to protect vulnerable families in our own backyard. Partnering with Chicago Fair Trade and Work Shelter, we launched the Masks Without Borders campaign. Raising more than $17,800, we were able to give away 5,000 masks, allowing individuals to stay safe and protect others while going to work or school. As of September 2023, we have provided more than 150 individual grants ranging from $18 to 1,500 – with most grants falling in the $200-400 range. We have funded surgery for children’s fractures, provided food rations during COVID-19, funded medical treatment for individuals with serious infections like dengue and pneumonia, and allowed people with blood cancer all over India – especially in rural areas – to be admitted to hospitals for chemotherapy and antibiotics. We have expanded healthcare access, lifted burdens, and transformed lives through timely, ethical solutions.



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